It had been two years since the Youghal side had met Rovers in Championship the last time they met Youghal were clear favourites and won the game at their ease. This year however the Youghal side got off to a bad start with a lot of the girls travelling for college and studying for exams preperation was difficult when it came to the league. Going into Championship they had only gotten one win against a strong Castlelyons side in preperation for the game.
Bride Rovers were the first to get on the score line with a point after less than a minute of play. This was fast responded to by a goal from Ann O'Connell almost imediatly.
The first half was fast paced and great entertainment for the supporters with Youghal continuing to score 2 more goals in the first half from Shannen Bulman Joyce. Most of Bride rovers scores in the first half came from Grace Kearney frees. Leah Broderick for Youghal was on top form on the wing and was the driving force among a lot of the Youghal scores in the first half, she also put over a fantastic score to boost the team.
Goalkeeper Dawn Kelly was superb in betwen the posts making some fine saves keeping a clean sheet for her team.
Going into the break Youghal never felt that they were too far ahead and knew that there would be a battle on their hand for the second half.
It was all about defending in the second half, Youghal only wracked up a single point in the second half. Catherine O'Donoghue was moved from her corner back post to mark the brilliant centre forward and it was definatly the game changer, Catherine was unlucky not to score a point from her own 45 when it just dropped short and Samantha Swayne was unfortunate not to get it between the posts.
Ashleigh Corcoran was nothing but confident in the final seconds of the game when Bride Rovers were awarded a free that landed in the Youghal square. Ashleigh put her body on the line removing the sliotor from the bunch up and clearing the ball when the final whistle blew.
Youghal now progress to play against Courcey Rovers. This game will be a home game and date is to be confirmed
Final Score: Youghal 3.04 Bride Rovers 0.11
Dawn Kelly, Catherine Donohue, Ashley Corcoran, Emily Roche, Kerry Hancock, Edel O’Connell, Michaela Dalton, Kelma McCarthy, Allanah Finn, Niamh Crowley (Sam Swayne), Katie Sloane, Leah Broderick (0.1), Roisin O’Keeffe (0.1), Ann O’Connell (2.0), Shannon Bulman-Joyce (1.02)
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